Special Events

The 2018 Backpack Challenge

Heading back to high school or starting college is an exciting time! However, youth who are homeless or living in foster care it can be an extremely stressful. The Backpack Challenge is an opportunity for Philadelphia area businesses and residents to help these hard working young people get off to a great start and achieve […]

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VYH Recognized at Philadelphia Union Soccer Gamer

Valley Youth House was honored as a beneficiary of the Philadelphia Union’s Pride Night on July 26th. The event featured a pre-game Couches Don’t Count pop up, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards Valley Youth House’s Pride Program. Patrick Cahill, VYH Board of Governors Chair, was named as the Union’s Hometown Hero before the game. […]

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2017 Backpack Challenge Results are In!

On August 22nd, VYH and the Department of Human Services closed the most successful Backpack Challenge yet. The agency raised over $30,000 to help secure educational necessities and cover expenses for youth in foster care. In addition, the greater Philadelphia community donated over 6,500 backpacks for our city’s youth, and nearly $20,000 worth of school […]

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Backpack Challenge to Kick off July 25th!

The Backpack Challenge is a school supply drive for foster youth in the greater Philadelphia area. The challenge will kick off with a press event in Dilworth Park on July 25th at 12:00PM. To learn more about the challenge, become a sponsor, or host a collection site, visit backpackchallenge.com. No time to donate at a collection […]

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VYH Advocates for Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth at the State Capitol

Valley Youth House took its #CouchesDontCount campaign to Harrisburg on Monday, June 5th, to advocate for homeless LGBTQ+ youth to legislators and visitors in the capitol building. With the support of Representative Brian Sims, a Philadelphia-based politician and dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, VYH occupied the capitol rotunda with a couch to raise awareness about […]

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